Finance 101: Cracking the Jargon of Wall Street

Wall Street is infamously indecipherable. Arbitrage, small firm effect, reversion to mean: these terms are thrown around all the time by finance-savvy journalists, bankers, and professors, but it’s easy to gloss over what exactly they mean. Yet, understanding these terms remains crucial to analyzing the current market and predicting future trends of the financial world…. Read more »

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  • Nintendo is Switching Things Up

    The Nintendo Switch, a new innovative home and mobile gaming experience is set to release in March of 2017. The release of this device has the potential to reinvigorate the company of Nintendo, which has been falling short in recent years to other technology powerhouses such as Microsoft and Sony. This is of course pending... Read more »

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  • The Future of China’s Foreign Investment Deals

    In the last few years, China’s corporations have been on a relatively quiet and extremely rapid buying spree, spending more than $106 billion in 2015 to acquire stakes in overseas companies. The actions of Chinese corporations have been relatively uninhibited, but recently, amid growing concerns about national cybersecurity, President Obama’s decision to deny a Chinese... Read more »

  • Big Banks and the Repeal of Glass-Steagall

    Two weeks ago, Citigroup’s former CEO John Reed said in an op-ed in The Financial Times that big banks are “inherently unstable and unworkable.” In his opinion, the Glass-Steagall Act should not have been repealed in 1999. The two biggest flaws he pointed out were that big banks have bad culture and are not more… Read more »

  • Funding for Alternative Energy Tightens

    One year ago, renewable energy companies and ETFs were on an upswing. There was an increase in the price of oil, and companies like Tesla were attracting more and more customers. Many people predicted that it would only be a matter of time before the oil and gas industry collapsed and alternative energy companies took… Read more »

  • Professor Elizabeth Bogan on GE, China, and Bonds

    What are the ramifications of GE withdrawing from the financial industry? GE should get out of the finance business. There were diseconomies of scale for GE trying to handle an industrial empire and a financial one. There are other financial institutions that can pick up their finance businesses. The Financial Times reported on Sunday, April… Read more »

  • China’s Real Estate Industry: Has the Bubble Burst?

    Despite the general unease towards China’s real estate industry, an unease that centered on speculation that the rising property prices and sustained building boom in China were contributing to the creation of a burgeoning property bubble within the country, international investors in the past few years have zealously poured money into the Chinese real estate… Read more »

  • Capital Controls in Cyprus, Ukraine, and Iceland

    By Shuyang Li Capital controls lay under some of the largest economic stories of the recession, painted by many as key indicators of the magnitude of the economic mires the global economy suffered. Recently Iceland, Ukraine, and Cyprus have reportedly considered lifting capital controls, a sign of confidence in their markets. The start of the… Read more »

  • AIG to Taxis: The Evolution of “Too Big to Fail”

    By Vineeta Reddy During the financial crisis in 2009, many believed that firms like AIG were “Too Big to Fail”. Such companies had such high stakes in the market and controlled the money of so many individuals that their collapse would have meant further decline of the economy, something that the US could not have… Read more »

  • GE Investors in for a Treat

    By Vineeta Reddy While most industries are attempting to build up their finances and expand, GE has the opposite goal in mind. It claims to want to become more of a “’simpler’ industrial business instead of an unwieldy hybrid of banking and manufacturing” (Yahoo). While this may seem like backwards thinking, the investors are actually… Read more »

  • Google in Court?

    By Vineeta Reddy Whenever a question arises, the first place someone turns is to Google. It is the search engine that we depend on daily, and therefore many scrutinize Google’s business practices and the measures it takes to remain competitive. Thus, when the European Commission began suspecting that Google was promoting its own services over… Read more »

  • Conversation with Professor Kiyotaki : Japan’s Economic Crisis in Light of the Aging Workforce

    Professor Nobuhiro Kiyotaki teaches Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money and Banking, Macroeconomic Theory, and Advanced Macroeconomics at Princeton University. He also specializes in monetary theory, business cycle analysis, and government financial policies. Kiyotaki, who is a fellow of the Econometric Society and awarded the 1997 Nakahara Prize of the Japan Economics Association, has made significant contributions in… Read more »

  • The State of the Economy: Forecasts vs. Reality

    After a shaky 2013, the market entered the new year divided over the American economy. Every year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia surveys 42 professional forecasters on their predictions of key economic indicators for the upcoming year. This closely watched survey reflects leading academics’ sentiments on the economy. Some were cautiously optimistic, arguing that… Read more »